Resolute Forest Products Inc. today confirmed the acquisition of a site to build a new random length sawmill in the Atikokan area.

The $50-million project, announced in late January, will create about 90 direct jobs at the sawmill, as well as secure or create additional in-direct positions related to harvesting and hauling activities.

The site is located in Sapawe, 30 km from Atikokan, and was chosen in part due to its favorable access to raw materials, as well as rail and road transportation.

Planning work for the project is largely completed, and the bid process for the civil and mechanical portions is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

“We are excited about this additional investment in our lumber business in Northwestern Ontario,” said Resolute president and CEO Richard Garneau. “The new random length sawmill will complement our existing wood products mix, strengthening Resolute’s competitive position,” he noted.

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